Literature & Languages

The Department of Literature and Languages offers courses in writing, literature, linguistics, and foreign languages. These courses support a variety of undergraduate degree and certificate options, a master's degree program, and the University's Liberal Arts Core requirements. Students can take additional courses through the Washington-area consortium of universities.

The English major in the Department of Literature and Languages provides Marymount students with much more than an exposure to good literature. The study of literature deepens students’ understanding of the moral questions at the center of human experience and of our shared humanity across cultures and time periods. Students extend their range of experience and cultural understanding by examining texts that represent a variety of points of view and historical perspectives.

At the same time, English majors develop a variety of marketable skills with applications in a wide range of fields: skills in close reading, analysis, argument, critical thinking, research, and written and oral communication. Students can choose from one of four options within the major – literature, writing, media and performance studies, or secondary education – depending on their career goals. Marymount’s Washington-area location provides students with access to rich cultural and research institutions that reinforce and broaden their classroom experience.

What can you do with a degree in English?

An English major provides students with a versatile preparation for the workplace and for advanced study. Their widely applicable skills enable English majors to pursue careers and graduate work in a variety of fields including law, business, education, advertising, publishing, research, public relations, writing, web editing, and marketing. An English major can easily be combined with a minor in another professional discipline such as business, psychology, communications, or history. Learn more about Jobs & Internships here.

For those interested in English Education, a teaching licensure program is available as well.

Alumni Spotlight

Jeb Butler, Director of Admissions, Columbia Law School"The English Department at Marymount very much prepared me for any professional endeavor insofar as I was pushed to hone my writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills as a student. I felt completely prepared for graduate study and eased rather seamlessly into my career."

-Jeb. D. Butler, former Director of Admissions at Columbia Law School

See what other graduates have done with their English degrees.

Transferable Skills Acquired in the English Degree

By the end of the senior year, English majors develop the skills to:

  • Produce coherent, clear, and well-organized writing in a variety of genres for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • Think flexibly and critically about issues and solve problems creatively, both individually and in collaboration with others
  • Manage their time effectively and work independently to complete complex projects
  • Express ethical values, examine issues from multiple perspectives, and respond with empathy to the range of human experience, both in writing and in personal interactions
  • Present material effectively in an oral format